Women and the 21 st Century Environment

A Festival for International Women’s Day 2018

07 – 10 March 2018

Supported by Glasgow Life Vibrancy Fund

International Women’s Day began in 1909 in New York as a celebration of the movement for Women’s Rights. It was adopted by the UN in 1975 and is celebrated around the world each year on 8th March. This Festival, organised by Govanhill Baths Community Trust and Rags to Riches in conjunction with Crossroad YCA, CREW recovery group and Free Period Scotland Campaign will continue that tradition of celebrating the movement for Women’s rights.



Wed 07 Mar – Sat 10 Mar

The Foyer Govanhill Baths

The exhibition will kick-off the Festival with a launch on Wednesday 07 March with a talk by Victoria Heaney of Free Period Scotland. For the duration of the exhibition a collection of donations of period products will take place which will be given to Glasgow Womens’s Night Shelter for Refugees.



Thu 08 March 2018

A series of workshops looking at the environmental impact of disposable sanitary products and a chance to learn new skills in a safe and relaxed environment. 

Workshop 1 Enviromenstrual

This workshop will include a discussion around the disposal and environmental impact of menstrual products.We will also support participants to create their own re-usable menstrual pads using basic sewing skills.

Workshops 2 PANTS! – Make Your Own

This workshop will involve gaining skills to make your own pants out of recycled textile materials.

Workshop 3 Liberation Poster Printing

Upcycled printing workshop themed around gender, environment and climate adaptation slogans

Workshop 4 Enviromenstrual

A repeat of Workshop 1 for in the evening providing access for those who  are not able to attend the day workshop.

These workshops are women only and are FREE, to register for the workshops contact Nadine ragstoriches@govanhillbaths.com



Fri 09 and Sat 10 March 2018

Confessionals by Victoria McNulty

Fri 09 Mar 7.30pm

Confessionals by Victoria McNulty is a story of domestic violence and Glasgows football culture, fist performed at the Visible Womens Festival and now published by Speculative Books.

The Drift by Hannah Lavery

Sat 10 Mar 7.30pm

The Drift by writer and poet Hanna Lavery is a one-woman show looking at issues of identity and the colonial experience. It was first performed as part of the Workers Theatre Megaphone Residencies for women of colour.

Entry by donation

Nae rituals, nae offal, nae bevvy, just poetry.

On Thursday 25th January at 7,30pm we are back again for our annual poetry event on Burns night.  Govanhill Baths is delighted to present some of Scotland’s finest wordsmiths featuring Marc Sherland, Angie Strachan, Finola Scott, Darren “Loki” McGarvey and Magi Gibson.

Tickets are available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3224718

Rags to Riches, our award-winning upcycling project, is looking for a Manager for our new retail outlet. A full job description and details of how to apply are included below.


Rags to Riches Retail Manager

Application form Rags to Riches Retail Manager

Start and Finish: 26th February 2018 – 30th February 2020

Salary: £23,800 plus 3% pension

Hours: Full time. 35 Hours, Flexible working shifts around a six day week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10am-5pm, Thursday and Friday 10am-7pm.

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) for a customer focused, dynamic and passionate Retail Manager to join our Rags to Riches new Upcycling Outlet in Victoria Road, Govanhill.

The successful candidate will have experience in managing a Retail Outlet and extensive knowledge of the Upcycling Sector in Scotland

Job Role:
The Rags to Riches Retail Manager, will report directly to the Rags to Riches Manager and be responsible for delivering the commercial excellence of our new Retail Outlet. They will be the role model for exceptional customer service and through inspirational leadership develop your team of staff and volunteers to be ambassadors for Rags to Riches and the Scottish Upcycling sector. They will combine experience, commercial insight and excellent visual merchandising skills to continually grow the success of Rags to Riches and the Scottish Upcycling Network.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the operational and financial management of the Retail Outlet
  • Manage the creation of practical workloads for staff and volunteers
  • Responsible for online marketing and sales of products, events and courses
  • Work with the Project Manager and Product Development Manager to procure stock
  • Reporting insights into customer buying patterns
  • Work with the Project Manager to increase sales and grow the Retail Outlet and the Scottish Upcycling Network
  • Responsible, under the terms of the Trust policies and relevant legislation, for providing a safe working environment that is conducive to the well-being of employees, volunteers and contractors.
  • Stay abreast with and ensure that the Trust operates in accordance with developments in legislation relevant to its work.

Essential Experience:

  • Experience working as a Retail Manager
  • Experience in working within or knowledge of the Upcycling sector
  • Managed turnovers of at least £50k per year
  • Experience in online marketing and sales of merchandise
  • Experience in working with an accounting system such as Sage
  • Will have managed a small to medium sized team of staff and/or volunteers
  • Strong creative visual experience/aesthetic
  • Extensive knowledge of/or experience of working within a deprived community
  • High levels of professionalism and organisational skills

Desirable Experience

  • Managing a social enterprise
  • Aware of issues of racism, cultural, ethnic and religious diversity
  • Drivers Licence

Applications: CVs will not be accepted. Applications for the post must be made by:-

  1. Completing the Application Form, and;
  2. Covering letter, on not more than 1 side of A4 using Arial 12 point, outlining how you meet the required skills and why you would like the post.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on the 9th of February 2018

Return by email- ragstoriches@govanhillbaths.com

Return by post- Nadine Gorency, Rags to Riches Manager, 99 Calder street, G42 7RA

Interviews: Candidates selected for interview will be notified on the 12th of February. Interviews will take place on 16th February. Please be aware that unfortunately GBCT cannot accommodate interviews outside of this date.

Employment commencing: Monday the 26th of February 2018


This project is part financed by the European Social Fund and Scottish Government  under the Social Economy Growth Fund

In these dark bleak freezing days and nights, why dont you come along to the Baths to cheer yourself up?

From today, Local artist Rabia Saleem will be exhibiting a series of paintings and photographs in the foyer.  “Walkabout: From My Home to the Clyde”  captures images of Glasgow which have a special place in the heart of Glaswegians and evoke memories of craftsmanship and workmanship in the landscape and architecture around us.

The exhibition is one every day in January while the Baths is open – FREE.

In February the participants in our evening drawing class will be exhibiting the work they completed as part of their course.  The Foyer exhibition space is available free of charge for local artists to exhibit their work.  If you are interested contact Jim on art@govanhillbaths.com

On Burns Night (Thu 25 January) we will be hosting some of Scotland’s finest poets.  “This is NOT a Burns Night” skips the ritual – no haggis, no bevvy, just poetry.  Magi Gibson, Darren “Loki” McGarvey, Fiinola Scott, Angie Strachan and Marc Sherland will be reading on the night.  Tickets are £5 from www.brownpapertickets.com

In February Govanhill Theatre present a “radio” style production of Compton McKenzie’s “Whiskey Galore” (pictured).  Running for three nights 23/24/25 February in the Rags to Riches Studio, tickets are £10 and £6 concession from www.brownpapertickets.com